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Cereal Production Forecast to Rise 16 Per Cent

22 October 2013

CZECH REPUBLIC - According to the Czech Statistical Office (CSO), cereal harvest is forecast to be 16.4 per cent higher than last year, and will be about 7,651,000 tons. On the other hand, the potato crop seems to fall year on year by 20.2 per cent to 528,000 tons.

According to the CSO, potato harvest is estimated to fall by more than a fifth. 

"Compared with the ten-year average, harvest is nearly a third lower," said a CSO spokesman. "Due to harsh weather during the year, potato yields significantly decreased to 22.75 tons - about 18.7 per cent lower than last year," he added.

The area planted with potatoes from last year decreased by 1.9 per cent to 23,000 hectares, which is almost a quarter less compared with the ten-year average.

According to the CSO, average domestic consumption of potatoes is approximately 70 kh per person per year. 

"Lower domestic supply of potatoes is reflected in the prices paid to agricultural primary producers, which have more than doubled compared to last year," said ?TK director of agricultural statistics, CSO, George Hrbek.

Production of cereals, including maize, is expected to be higher than last year.

Estimation of corn crop, which is 753,000 tons, compared with last year, has dropped 18.9 per cent. However, sowing area is forecast to rise 2.2 per cent.

The amount of sugar beet harvested is forecast to fall by 11.7 per cent to 3.414 million tons.

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